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Clicking noise when accelerating

AlanSubie4Life

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Oct 22, 2018
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Anyone else have this issue. Started happening a week ago and it doesn't seem to go away. It's coming from the driver side it seems.

Do you have aero covers? They can click/creak. The click rate will be proportional to speed. It’s possible re-seating the cover would help.
 

magudaman

Member
Apr 14, 2019
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SF Bay Area
I’m going in for service tomorrow for this issue (amongst others). The clicking appear to occur at a given torque almost like slack is being taken up somewhere. It then clicks again when the direction of force changes like brake to acceleration and vise versa. I will update here from what they tell me tomorrow.
 

huangbong

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Aug 16, 2018
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SF
I’m going in for service tomorrow for this issue (amongst others). The clicking appear to occur at a given torque almost like slack is being taken up somewhere. It then clicks again when the direction of force changes like brake to acceleration and vise versa. I will update here from what they tell me tomorrow.
I have an appointment for this exact same issue at the exact same service center on Monday. Please update us with what happens!
 

SDM3

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Feb 28, 2018
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SD
I recently started hearing similar sound. Have had my model 3 for over a year and 12k miles. Wasn’t able to get an appointment until next week but will update what I hear.
 

magudaman

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Apr 14, 2019
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SF Bay Area
Doesn’t have anything to do with aero covers. It’s like a weird internal clicking noise that you can only hear when the windows are down.
Related thread: Model 3 clicking sound near the rear wheel area

This thread you linked to is the identical problem. We should merge these threads.

Tesla said it was the nut/washer on the rear axle. They replaced that part and the noise is gone. Let’s see how long it stays gone. I’m at 12600mi. All covered under warranty.
 

Oceans808

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Sep 28, 2018
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Pasadena
Thanks for the responses everyone. It hasn't gone away, but I'm going to have it serviced in a coue of weeks. I'll provide an update. I dont have aero covers so I'm not sure if that's the problem. Its pretty annoying to be honest
 

Bonk3rs

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Nov 28, 2015
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Norway
Good to find this thread. I have the same issue. It click's when I tapp the accelerator in very low speed, and from a standstil to back and forward. From my point of view, the noise is coming from the driverside. And from somewhere in the suspension/driveshaft aerea.
It's a Performance with 20" wheels, so no wheelcap.
My servicecenter dont have a clue. So frustrating!
I will follow this thread further.
 

jkeyser14

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Jul 30, 2012
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Baltimore Area
I had this issue a few months ago at 12k miles. Took two visits before Tesla gave up trying to fix it with grease and bolt tighteneing. They swapped the axle and axle washer and the problem dissapeared. Hopefully it doesn't come back in another 12k miles.
 

SammichLover

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Dec 8, 2018
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I’m going in for service tomorrow for this issue (amongst others). The clicking appear to occur at a given torque almost like slack is being taken up somewhere. It then clicks again when the direction of force changes like brake to acceleration and vise versa. I will update here from what they tell me tomorrow.
You're driving one of the AWD versions?

Because mine does that occasionally, starting out from near standstill. Others have reported it as well and gotten it looked at.
 

AlanSubie4Life

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Oct 22, 2018
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San Diego
Still wondering whether I have the same problem. The slight tapping/knocking from the front left only seems to happen as I accelerate or slow down, usually slower than 12mph or so. It’s very quiet - no one would notice it except me and maybe someone very attuned to Teslas, or listening for it. It’s quiet enough (and has not changed) that it makes me think it is mechanically something minor...

Just wondering if someone who has actually addressed this knows exactly what is wrong so I can just fix it myself - if it is actually as simple as tightening the axle nut or torquing a suspension bolt I’m inclined to do it myself. But obviously a half axle replacement I’d have to have the new part, so not an option...

It is not clear to me why a “loose axle nut” would result in this behavior though. I could understand defective CV joints with too much play or something like that. Or suspension creaking/tapping due to a loose bolt.
 

SammichLover

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Dec 8, 2018
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Still wondering whether I have the same problem. The slight tapping/knocking from the front left only seems to happen as I accelerate or slow down, usually slower than 12mph or so. It’s very quiet - no one would notice it except me and maybe someone very attuned to Teslas, or listening for it. It’s quiet enough (and has not changed) that it makes me think it is mechanically something minor...

Just wondering if someone who has actually addressed this knows exactly what is wrong so I can just fix it myself - if it is actually as simple as tightening the axle nut or torquing a suspension bolt I’m inclined to do it myself. But obviously a half axle replacement I’d have to have the new part, so not an option...

It is not clear to me why a “loose axle nut” would result in this behavior though. I could understand defective CV joints with too much play or something like that. Or suspension creaking/tapping due to a loose bolt.
I forget what the resolution on it was, but nothing I'm particularly worried about.

I actually only hear it when my window is rolled down.
 

mact3333

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May 24, 2013
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near Portland OR
There is like a 50 page thread about clicking noise coming front front suspension area on model S and X boards..it is a very well known prob in which there isn't a reliable fix evidently...about 1/3rd of the people seem to have it(based a poll)...may not be the same issue as model 3 owners as its a driveshaft issue for them...some have had the noise go away by lowering the car...its worse when car is cold and under hard acceleration...some have had it go away after having drive shaft replaced and then noise returns later.

You can youtube search it to see if its the same noise as you are describing.
 
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Perscitus

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Jan 29, 2019
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So I just finished up here at the service dealer and it turns out that it was indeed an axle issue that is common with the dual motor versions (as was stated previously). All good so far!
Sounds good. What was the fix in your case?

Only 2.5K miles on my non-P AWD with OE 19s and the clicking showed up... is exactly as described above. On acceleration and deceleration at low speeds... typically from a stop or coming to a stop. Regardless of cold or warm, after a long drive or just starting out... regen setting and chill vs standard makes no difference.
 

phtp

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Apr 21, 2018
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Vancouver
So I just finished up here at the service dealer and it turns out that it was indeed an axle issue that is common with the dual motor versions (as was stated previously). All good so far!
Is it a single click sound during acceleration and when you let go and regen breaking kicks in?
 

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